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Can I grow Sweetcorn in Containers?


 
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 8:57 pm    Post subject: Can I grow Sweetcorn in Containers? Reply with quote

I've no room to sow my sweetcorn plants in my vegetable garden - I made it too small Sad

Can they be grown successfully in containers
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Normal you need to grow sweet corn or maize in a block to get wind pollination .

I doubt that there would be enough room in a pot.

How much space do you have for the pot or pots.
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could grow corn in a container but it would need to be big and stable as the corn can grow quite high. as with all container grown plants it is vital that they are watered regularly and fed. For each plant you would need about 2 gallons (8-9)litres of soil or compost)
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 5:17 am    Post subject: Sweetcorn Reply with quote

I have loads of space and I have 7 sweetcorn plants I was considering using some old containers that the kids toys used to be in with some holes drilled in the bottom they are 30 litre containers. i think!
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Patio-gardening ingenuity takes root from a corny idea TheStar.com - living - Patio-gardening ingenuity takes root from a corny idea
Container vegetables require at least six hours a day of direct sunlight to produce cobs
August 18, 2007
Denis Allman has struck gold on his deck - corn gold, that is.

Soaring seven feet on a small fourth-floor patio, the leafy giants produce full sized cobs, and have neighbours gasping in disbelief.

When Allman couldn't find sweet corn he liked in supermarkets, he started to grow his own. In pots.

"I like my corn a little more mature than the corn you get in the supermarket," Allman explains. "So I started growing corn in containers as an experiment."

Seven years later, Allman has perfected the art. "I like the challenge of growing corn and I like watching things grow. It's amazing how fast they grow."

Allman found that the bicoloured Aimers Organics sweet corn Double Play had all the right moves in the germination, maturation and flavour departments.

Corn seed usually needs soil temperatures above 18C to germinate, but Double Play can germinate in cool soil, which greatly extends the growing season. Double Play also matures in 80 days, a little later than the very early varieties (70 days) but much sooner than late-maturing varieties (100 days). Of course, Allman prefers harvesting the cobs 10 days later than the recommended date, for that special flavour and texture he likes.

Allman shares his secrets in growing container corn:

* Grow sweet corn on a sunny and wind-sheltered spot. Corn needs at least six hours of direct sunshine to produce cobs.
* Choose good potting soil. Allman uses Secret garden soil by Hillview Farms, which is a mix of garden soil and worm castings.

Germinate seeds outside in starter pots at the beginning of June. Germination takes about a week. Plant more seeds than you need in case some seeds don't germinate. More seedlings means you can pick the strongest plants.
rest of details in the link below
http://www.thestar.com/article/246381
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